Our title above comes from the opening sentence of the first of three volumes of high fantasy fiction that would indeed change the world of literature and beyond in the second half of the 20th century. Avid fans will easily recognize the source as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. The first edition of the book appeared on store shelves in the United Kingdom on this day in 1954.
Who was the man behind this beloved three volume narrative we know as The Lord of the Rings? Below is some footage released in 2010 of a 1968 BBC program interviewing Tolkien and exploring his real and imaginary worlds. The audio is not the best so viewers may want to use earbuds or headphones.
Tolkien died about five years after this production. It would take another generation before a cinematic version of his great work would, perhaps could, appear. In the interim his imagination gave new energy to a full range of fiction writers. His is a rich legacy and one that will be enjoyed and expanded in the years head.